Terms

Terms and Conditions

Applicability

  1. These terms apply to purchases made through speedmooting.com (‘the website’)

Definitions

  1. ‘Customer’ refers to any individual making purchases through the website. ‘Customers’ may also be referred to as participants in the context of a competition or members in the context of the Advocacy Club.
  2. The order refers to a completed order made through the website.
  3. ‘Us’ or ‘we’ refers to JPD Group Limited (trading as the National Speed Mooting Competition).
  4. Our services will be referred to as competitions, the Advocacy Club or events.

The parties to the contract

  1. The parties to the contract are the customer and JPD Group Limited.

Competitions, Advocacy Club and Events

  1. The competitions, Advocacy Club and events that we offer are described on this website.
  2. The descriptions of the competitions, Advocacy Club and events are merely an invitation to treat.
  3. All competitions, the Advocacy Club and our events are subject to availability.

Privacy

  1. We will retain and use your personal information in line with our privacy policy.
  2. We may contact you on occasion via email, SMS, WhatsApp or telephone. You expressly consent to us contacting you.

The Sale

  1. The order process is set out on the website. A contract will be formed in relation to the competition, the Advocacy Club or the event that you have signed up to once we send you a confirmation email. We are not responsible for any inaccuracies in your order form. You expressly agree to us sending an email to you with the order confirmation. The order confirmation will be sent to you within a reasonable time.

Payments and Fees

  1. The costs of entry or membership for the competitions, Advocacy Club or our events are set out on the website. The cost will be that on the date that the order is placed.

14. Payments will be made through the website unless otherwise agreed between the JPD Group Ltd and the customer. Payment can be made via Paypal, debit card or credit card.

Cancellation and refunds

  1. The terms relating to cancellation and refunds are set out below under the specific terms for the competition, Advocacy Club or event that the customer has ordered.

16. This is a distance contract. Should the customer cancel within 14 days of entering the contact, the customer is entitled to a refund of any fees paid provided that the competition or event that they have signed up for has not taken place within that 14 day period.

Advocacy Club

General

  1. This section will apply for the Speed Mooting Advocacy Club (“Advocacy Club” or “the club”)
  2. Those joining the club will be referred to below as a Member(s).

Eligibility

19. The club is open to the following:

a. Law undergraduates and graduates

b. GDL students and graduates

c. Master’s, BPTC and LPC students.

d. Graduates of any of the above courses

e. Those in practice

f. Aspiring lawyers yet to start their legal studies

g. Other individuals falling outside of the above parameters at the discretion of the Advocacy Club organisers.

  1. Members are to sign up through speedmooting.com unless otherwise agreed by the JPD Group Ltd.
  2. There are two Advocacy Clubs.
  3. There is a Public Speaking and Debating Advocacy Club. This club meets on the second to last Tuesday of each month, save for December.  

  4. There is a Legal Advocacy Club. This club meets on the last Tuesday of the month, save for December.

  5. In December, both clubs will have a combined Christmas special public speaking meeting on the third Tuesday of December.

  6. The cost for membership of the Public Speaking and Debating Advocacy Club is £10 per month. The first £10 payment is to be paid on the date on which the member first signs up for the Advocacy Club through the website. Subsequent monthly payments will be made by the members on the first day of each month.  
  7. The cost for membership of the Legal Advocacy Club is £10 per month. The first £10 payment is to be paid on the date on which the member first signs up for the Advocacy Club through the website. Subsequent monthly payments will be made by the members on the first day of each month.
  8. The cost for membership of both the Public Speaking and Debating Advocacy Club and the Legal Advocacy Club is £16 per month. The first £16 payment is to be paid on the date on which the member first signs up for the Advocacy Club through the website. Subsequent monthly payments will be made by the members on the first day of each month.
  9. Members can leave the club at any time. This can be done by the member through the website. Alternatively, members can leave the club by sending an email to nationalspeedmoot@gmail.com indicating that they wish to leave the Advocacy Club.
  10. Should a member leave the club, payments will cease to be taken from the following month. The member is still entitled to attend Advocacy Club sessions for the specific club of which they are a member up until the date that their next payment would be due.
  11. The cost of membership for any of the above Advocacy Clubs can change occasionally. Should the cost change, we will provide 2 months’ notice to members via email before any price change is implemented.

Particulars of the Events:

31. All events will be hosted on Zoom. The events will run from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm approximately.

32. Each event will have a given theme. The theme for each session is set out on the speedmoting.com website. The Advocacy Club organisers reserve the right to change the theme for any of the events.

Instructions, Bundles and Zoom Links

33. Each member will receive instructions, bundles and Zoom links via email by no later 9.00 pm, 7 days prior to each event. These will be sent to the email address used by the member when they join the club.

34. Any objections or issues in relation to the bundle or problem should be raised no later than 9.00 pm, 3 days prior to the event to ensure all members receive any further information supplied in good time.

35. The Advocacy Club Organisers shall have the power to resolve ambiguities or objections in their absolute discretion.

36. Any variations or clarifications to the problem will be communicated to all members as soon as reasonably practicable by email.

37. Members must not share the instructions, bundle or Zoom link with any other individual by any means. Doing so will result in the member having their membership terminated.

38. Any complaints arising in the Advocacy Club shall be brought to the attention of the Advocacy Club organisers at the earliest possible opportunity who shall have the power to resolve any dispute as they see fit. No appeal of that decision will be entertained.

Applicable Law:

39. The contract is governed by the law of England and Wales.

40. The applicable jurisdiction is the courts of England and Wales.

41. In the first instance, any complaints can be submitted to nationalspeedmoot@gmail.com. We will respond to your complaint within a reasonable timescale.

 

National Speed Mooting Competition 2023 in Partnership with BPP

General

42. This section will apply to the National Speed Mooting Competition 2023 in Partnership with BPP. (the “Competition” or the “Moot”).

43. Those entering the competition will be referred to below as a Participant(s).

Eligibility

44. The Moot is open to the following:

a.  Law undergraduates and graduates

b. GDL students and graduates

c. Master’s, BPTC and LPC students.

d. Graduates of any of the above courses

e. Aspiring lawyers yet to start their legal studies

f. Other individuals falling outside of the above parameters at the discretion of the Advocacy Club organisers.

45. Participants are to sign up through speedmooting.com.

46. The cost of entry for the event is £35.00 (thirty five pounds). The cost of entry is non-refundable once a participant has signed up to enter the competition.

Particulars of the Event

47. The competition will take place on SATURDAY 1st April 2023 at BPP Manchester, St James’s Bldg, 79 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6FQ.

48. The event will run from 9:00am until approximately 6:00pm.

Moot Structure

49. The competition will have up to 128 participants, depending on interest.

50. The Moot will consist of a total of seven single elimination rounds.

51. Save for, and without prejudice to, paragraph 54 below, the competition will follow the following format depending on the number of entrants. 

i. Exactly 128:

There will be 7 rounds exactly.

ii. 65-127 participants:

An appropriate number of participants will be randomly given a bye into the second round in order to ensure that 64 participants progress. There will then be 6 further rounds.

iii.             33-64 participants:

An appropriate number of participants will be randomly given a bye into the second round in order to ensure that 32 participants progress. There will then be 5 further rounds.

iv. 32 participants:

There will be 5 rounds exactly.

52. The role and opponent of each participant will initially be determined by a random draw. This draw will also pre-determine the course of the winning participant.

53. Where participants have taken part in previous rounds, they shall automatically be assigned to the role they have acted in least. In the event that this is the same for both parties to the moot, the question shall be resolved by coin toss.

54. The Moot Organisers reserve the right to alter the format of the competition to a double elimination competition should the number of participants attending allow for it.

Times

55. The times allotted to each participant shall be:

i. Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4 and Quarter Finals:

7 minutes per participant.

ii. Semi Final and Final :

10 minutes per participant.

56. All time limits include time taken for judicial interventions and questions.

57. There is no right to reply.

58. The clerk will provide minute reminders.

59. These times may be varied as the organisers see fit on the day. Any changes will be communicated to all participants in advance of the affected round.

60. Any participant who exceeds their allotted time will only be permitted to continue with the permission of the judge, which shall be granted solely at his or her discretion. Mooters will not be automatically penalised for exceeding time limits, but the judge may penalise bad time management at his/her discretion.

Problem, Skeletons and Bundle

61. Each participant shall be provided with a PDF copy of the bundle which is to include the problem, skeleton arguments for both sides and the relevant authorities.

62. These bundles will be sent to the email provided at sign up by no later than 6pm on Friday 31st March 2023.

63. The Moot Organisers will provide two bundles for each room; one for the judge and one for the speaking mooter.

64. Participants are therefore welcome to print copies for their own reference, notes and annotation but no amended or highlighted bundles will be allowed to be submitted to the judge.

65. Participants may use as much or as little as the skeleton argument as they see fit. Mooters are not obliged to make every point or use every authority in the skeleton argument.

66. Mooters should however refrain from making points outside the provided skeleton and the citation of additional material is not allowed.

Moot Problem

67. Any objections or issues should be raised no later than 9pm on Friday 31st March 2023 to ensure all participants receive any further information supplied in good time.

68. The Moot Organisers shall have the power to resolve ambiguities or objections in their absolute discretion.

69. Any variations or clarifications to the Moot problem will be communicated to all competitors as soon as reasonably practicable by email.

Judges

70. Judges shall be appointed by the Moot Organisers.

71. No objections to the appointment or allocation of judges will be entertained. The number of judges in any given round remains at the discretion of the Moot Organisers.

72. Judges shall be selected from university lecturers, practising barristers, pupil barristers, practising solicitors and persons undertaking training contracts to be a solicitor.

73. Judges and participants are under an obligation to declare any conflict of interest that arise when it is clear who their judge will be in any given round so the moot can be reassigned to another judge.

74. At the end of each moot, the judges will determine the winning contestant.

75. There shall be no appeal against the decision of any judge, and they are not obliged to give reasons for their decisions but will ordinarily do so.

76. In reaching a decision, the judge shall take into account in particular the following matters:

i. The court room etiquette and manner of each mooter and each contestant.

ii. The presentation and clarity of each mooter’s speech, including whether each point (or aspects of it) was too long or too short bearing in mind the confines of the competition.

iii. The mooter’s ability to develop their argument.

iv. The use made by each mooter of each authority or other literature cited.

v. The ability of each mooter to deal with the judge’s interventions.

Complaints

77. Any complaints arising in the competition shall be brought to the attention of the Moot Organisers at the earliest possible opportunity who shall have the power to resolve any dispute as they see fit. No appeal of that decision will be entertained.